NT Elijah Qualls, Washington*

6’1” – 321 lbs. – 5.25e

Redshirted in 2013, then rotated into the defense the following season before taking over a starting role as a redshirt sophomore. Declared for the draft after a productive junior year. Height and length are just average but is very thick, with an even distribution of weight. Lines up all over the field for the Huskies; will be moved around from the interior of the line to the ends, even rushing from a two-point stance on a regular basis. Frame is much more typical of a nose tackle; will play one-technique fairly often, but wasn’t usually lined up directly over the opposing center. Anchors very well in one-on-one situations, and has enough power to walk back opposing linemen with his bull rush. Has the strength to ragdoll blockers and a little bit of quickness to disengage. Grip is strong enough to bring down ballcarriers with one arm while engaged. Patient with good instincts; flows well to the ball. Surprisingly rangy in pursuit, with an impressive motor. Plays a high snap count despite his size. Can be moved off of his spot by double teams; frequently drew extra attention, although he has flashed the ability to split double teams at times. Not a sack artist but can still create some problems for opponents in the passing game. Reaction to the ball being snapped is generally slow, but has a little bit of quickness after he gets going. Active with his hands, working in counters and other moves in addition to his bull rush, which is probably the most projectable skill he has in the passing game. Can create opportunities for teammates by occupying multiple blockers on passing downs. Will pursue but is more likely to force the quarterback from the pocket than to finish plays with sacks. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes when he’s unable to get penetration. Good feel for developing screens; knows when to break off his rush and cover releasing backs. The latest mammoth defensive lineman from a Washington program which has produced the likes of Alameda Ta’amu and Danny Shelton; was asked to handle a lot of different responsibilities and executed them well. Polished nose tackle whose size, strength, and versatility should make him one of the most coveted run defenders in this year’s class; offers a little bit as a pass-rusher as well, but he’s not truly disruptive on passing downs.

Games watched: Oregon (’16), Oregon St. (’16), Southern California (’16)

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